Hawthorne Racecourse (4/13/10)
Contact: Jim Miller
Turf races, live chat at Hawthorne today
Another beautiful day for racing brings us a pair of grass races as we return for a full week of action. We have sunny skies, a fast main track and a firm turf course for our nine-race card that features of a pair of good allowances races. The fourth race is a $50,000 optional claiming allowance with a wide open field of seven to sprint three-quarters while the sixth race is a turf sprint with eight allowance runners to go 5 ½ furlongs.
With only two weeks left of live racing this spring, the battle for leading rider could tighten up as Tanner Riggs, Tim Thornton and Inez Karlsson are all still in the mix. Entering today’s racing action, Tanner Riggs leads the standings with 39 winners on the meet, followed by Thornton (33), Karlsson (31), and Eddie Perez (28).
On the training end, Frank Kirby still leads by a comfortable margin with his 31 victories on the meet. He is followed by Chris Dorris with 22 and Roger Brueggemann with 20 wins. In regards to leading owner, Frank and Sharon Kirby’s Hondo Ranch, Inc. hold a slight advantage over Chris Dorris with 10 wins to Dorris’ 8 victories.
Today is the draw for the Grade III $200,000 Sixty Sails Handicap and the race looks to yield a strong and competitive field. The field includes Jessica Is Back, Life at Ten, Miss Singhsix (Ire), Afleet Deceit, and Starship Angel. The Sixty Sails Handicap will be run as the eighth race on Saturday’s card.
Don’t forget that we have a Hawthorne chat on HorseplayerNow.com during today’s Hawthorne card as Joe Kristufek, Katie Mikolay and myself will give insight on the day’s races, along with answering questions on all things racing. The chat begins 20 minutes before our opening race and will continue through the entire racing card.
Main Track – Fast
Turf Course – Firm
Scratch #1 – Willie Bags
Scratch #7 – Moonlight Escapade
Scratch #5 – Small Value
Race 2 - #7 – Casa Saca – This three-year-old gelding is very good looking visually and looks to be getting things together on the track. After a debut race where his saddle slipped and he was pulled up, he showed more in his next start as he contended late into the lane before flattening out. Expect a stronger effort today as he should have enough pace to chase.
Race 4 - #5 – Awesome Brew – The team of Berndt and Riggs get together again as this three-year-old colt looks to have found another good spot. He looked tremendous while entering the paddock for his last and ran to his looks. He does take a bit of a class hike today but should get a good trip from the second flight of runners. With a couple of speedy ones in here that should take some money, maybe we can catch a price on him today.